Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this tour and to Julie Sue Barnard and Crooked Cat Books for a copy to read in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now…”
Cathy’s immortal words from Wuthering Heights change Heathcliff’s life. At just seventeen years of age, heartbroken and penniless, he runs away to face an unknown future.
Three years later, he returns – much improved in manners, appearance and prosperity.
But what happened during those years? How could he have made his fortune, from nothing? Who might his parents have been? And what fate turned him into literature’s most famous anti-hero?
For almost two centuries, these questions have remained unanswered.
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Wow! Just wow!
I have to admit it was a long time ago when I read Wuthering Heights so I had to do a recap on the main events throughout the story. Although reading the original novel first would give you a much greater insight, I think with a little background knowledge it wouldn’t be too difficult to read this as a stand alone novella and really enjoy it.
I loved all aspects of this brilliant insight into Heathcliff’s time away from The Heights but I have to say that the personal journey of Heathcliff from naive and heartbroken young man into someone unrecognisable is at the heart of this story. I went through so many emotions and opinions as I accompanied him every step of the way. This in’t simply a case of falling in love with a character as I so often do, but more of a chance to peek inside a character’s mind and fully experience everything they go through. I wouldn’t say Heathcliff is my favourite of characters but he is by far one of the the most intriguing, complex and unpredictable characters I have ever come across.
The majority of this novella is set away from the Yorkshire Moors and takes the reader to some very far flung places. I’m reluctant to give away the journeys and adventures that Heathcliff found himself participating in during those missing three years but the every sentence written assaulted every one of my senses as I read. The detail of one of the journeys is so chilling and haunting that I’m struggling to shake it off. It’s obvious Ms Barnard has spent a lot of time researching the horrifying historical accuracy and of these journeys and the brutal reality oozes from every sentence.
I know that traditionally Wuthering Heights is known as a Gothic romance but for me personally, being able to bridge those missing years of Heathcliff’s story has confirmed my opinion that this is a tragic tale of obsessions, class and revenge.
Sue Barnard has done an amazing job of filling in the gaps of Heathcliff’s story and I lack the words to do it full justice but what I do know is that this novel is simply stunning, chilling and heartbreaking at the same time. It left me breathless and wanting more.
Author Bio – Sue Barnard
Sue Barnard is a British novelist, editor and award-winning poet whose family background is far stranger than any work of fiction. She would write a book about it if she thought anybody would believe her.
Sue was born in North Wales but has spent most of her life in and around Manchester. She speaks French like a Belgian, German like a schoolgirl, and Italian and Portuguese like an Englishwoman abroad.
Her mind is so warped that she has appeared on BBC TV’s Only Connect quiz show, and she has also compiled questions for BBC Radio 4’s fiendishly difficult Round Britain Quiz. This once caused one of her sons to describe her as “professionally weird.” The label has stuck.
Sue’s first novel, The Ghostly Father (a new take on the traditional story of Romeo & Juliet), was officially released on St Valentine’s Day 2014. Since then she has produced five more novels: Nice Girls Don’t (2014), The Unkindest Cut of All (2015), Never on Saturday (2017), Heathcliff (2018), and Finding Nina (2019).
Sue now lives in Cheshire, UK, with her extremely patient husband and a large collection of unfinished scribblings.
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